XpertHR’s good practice guide to stress management has just been published. It focuses on what employers can do to deter stress and, where employees experience stress, rehabilitate them, including by promoting psychological wellbeing.
I’m pleased to say that the author of the guide is Ivan Robertson, an internationally recognised expert in the areas of stress, wellbeing and employee engagement. Ivan is co-founder of Robertson Cooper (external website), having set up the business with Cary Cooper in 1999. Robertson Cooper helps organisations to realise the benefits of engaging leaders and having resilient teams and energised employees, while building internal capability to ensure sustainable improvements.
The importance of stress management has been recognised for some time, but last year, stress became the primary cause of long-term sickness absence for manual and non-manual workers.
Interestingly, the guide sets out how to build a business case for investment in stress management, to demonstrate the importance of getting involved to decision-makers who have not yet been convinced, including by identifying the bottom-line metrics that are likely to be affected by stress-prevention and rehabilitation measures.
Other areas covered in the guide include:
- adopting a framework for managing stress;
- dealing with the causes of stress;
- ownership of stress management;
- demonstrating organisational buy-in;
- conducting stress audits; and
- the primary-, secondary- and tertiary-level interventions for managing stress.